Jeb Bush Quote

Jeb! Has Better Things to Do Than Run the Country

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I'm getting the impression that Jeb! doesn't want to be president.

BUSH: "If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't want anything, I don't want any part of it. I don't want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation. I've got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that."

Jeb! may not want to preside over a fresh session of congressional gridlock, nor would anyone else want to, but this doesn't seem like something someone who actually wants to be president would say.

The good news for Jeb is the Republican party appears to be well on its way toward nominating Trump. Jeb doesn't need to worry about the great burden of the presidency because primary voters are way ahead of him.

  • Hey, Jeb! Don’t let the door hit you . . .

  • Draxiar

    So now I get the impression that Jeb! is only running because that’s what Dad and Brother expect him to do. In other words, Hermey doesn’t want to make toys he wants to be a dentist and the other elves are laughing at him. This may not actually be the case but after that little diatribe…

  • Christopher Foxx

    I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives.

    An actual leader wouldn’t. An actual leader wouldn’t be whining “They won’t let me do anything!” An actual leader would be working to fix that problem while still getting shit done anyway.

    But only the wingnuts would confuse Jeb with an actual leader.

  • muselet

    I’d suggest a very slightly different explanation for Jeb Bush’s behavior.

    ¡Jeb! would very much like to be President. However, ¿Jeb? would very much like not to be running for President, at least not during primary season.

    Now, if the Republican Party were to come to its senses and offer him the nomination, he would happily accept—selflessly, of course, for the good of this party and the country—but competing against a field of candidates consisting of a blowhard and a gallimaufry of lunatics is beneath his dignity. Also, traveling around, shaking hands with the peasants and pretending to enjoy eating unidentifiable greasy stuff out of foam containers in rural Iowa cafes does not come naturally to him.

    I’ve said for a while now, ⸘Jeb‽ looks to be running to lose. But every time his phone rings, he expects caller ID to show Reince Priebus’s name.

    Because he still thinks there could be a President John Ellis Bush Bush. He just doesn’t want to have to work for it.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      He doesn’t feel he has to work for it but he does feel his brother took his spot, and now it is his (Jeb’s) turn for the Oompa Loompa and he wants it NOW!

    • Christopher Foxx

      but competing against a field of candidates consisting of a blowhard and a gallimaufry of lunatics is beneath his dignity

      Not that you can tell from how he’s been conducting himself.

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      He is the son of a former president and the brother of another president who wasn’t democratically elected so you could forgive him for thinking it would just be handed to him.